Friday, June 30, 2017

A ‘nimbler’ approach to tackling Cambodia’s salt iodization concerns

By Sam Oeurn Un and Arnaud Laillou


Teng and his son with their new package and testing their daily production;
©UNICEF Cambodia/2017/Laillou

Kampong Speu and Phnom Penh, Cambodia, June 2017 – The consequences of nutritional iodine deficiency are well known in Cambodia. Adequate iodine intake during pregnancy, lactation and early childhood is critical for optimal brain development of the foetus and of children aged 6 months to 2 years old. Failure to do so can lead to intellectual disability and goitres. Though Cambodia achieved universal salt iodization in 2010, the situation has regressed to an alarming degree.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The long journey toward health: Improving the lives of vulnerable children

By Khiev Pharin and Arnaud Laillou

Vutha and his neighbours; ©UNICEF Cambodia/2017Pharin Khiev

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, June 2017: Eng Vutha is a three-year-old boy who lives in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh. Due to a physical disability, Vutha spends much of his day on the floor of a simple wooden house his parents rent in a slum community in Russey Keo district. He shares the home with his four siblings and mother, Nhem Sophea, 32, a housewife, and father, Om Phala, 31, a motorbike taxi driver. The family income is about 3,000 to 5,000 Cambodian riels or about US$1 per day.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Small cash transfers lead to big changes for children and their families

By Som Sophorn

Malen and her mother show the growth monitoring report from the health centre, which they now regularly visit for growth monitoring; ©UNICEF Cambodia/2017/Som Sophorn

Siem Reap, Cambodia, June 2017: Malen is a spirited young girl who lives in Chambak village, a small collection of thatched roof homes located in Cambodia’s Siem Reap Province. She turns 5 this October. Malen lives with her 11-year-old brother and her parents. Her father, So Chreng, is a construction worker. With an impaired left hand, he is limited to certain types of work and manages to bring home only 200,000 Cambodian riels (US$49) per month. Malen’s mother, Soun Mao, looks after the children and earns a little extra through irregular small jobs such as peeling garlic for a local business.

Friday, June 23, 2017

សួនបន្លែជួយជំរុញការរៀនសូត្ររបស់សិស្សដោយជោគជ័យ

ដោយ ហេង ហាក់

លោក ទូច ជ្រាង ប្រធានភូមិនិងជាប្រធានគណៈកម្មការទ្រទ្រង់សាលា ណែនាំសិស្សានុសិស្សពីការដាំដុះ​បន្លែនៅសា​លាប​ឋមសិក្សា​ចាង​រ៉ាក្នុងខេត្តរតនគិរី។©UNICEF/2017/Lim Sokchanlina

ខែមិថុនា ឆ្នាំ២០១៧, រតនគិរី ប្រទេសកម្ពុជា៖ គំនិតផ្តួចផ្តើមជំរុញទឹកចិត្តជាច្រើន ដូចជាការផ្តល់ម្ហូបអាហារធ្វើពីបន្លែយកពីសួនបសរីរាង្គធម្មជាតិរបស់សាលា និងការផ្តល់បរិក្ខារអនាម័យថ្មី កំពុងជួយបង្កើនអត្រាចុះឈ្មោះចូលរៀនរបស់សិស្សានុសិស្សជនជាតិដើមភាគតិចនៅខេត្តរតនគិរីនៃភូមិភាគឦសាន។

School plants seeds of learning success with new vegetable garden

By Hak Heng

Village chief and head of the SSC Mr. Touch Chreang advises students
on crop cultivation at Chongra Primary School in Ratanakiri province.
©UNICEF/2017/Lim Sokchanlina

June 2017, Ratnakiri Cambodia: Inspired initiatives such as meals sourced from the school’s organic vegetable garden and new sanitation facilities are helping to raise the enrolment rate of indigenous students at a school in north eastern Ratanakiri province.

Touch Chreang – Chongra village chief and head of the School Support Committee (SSC) at Chongra Primary School – said the improvements had been achieved because of proactive intervention activities implemented by the SSC.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Towards ending violent discipline in Cambodian schools: Teacher training helps create a safer and encouraging learning environment for students

By Hanna Persson and Theavy Leng

Grade 6 students relate their experiences of positive discipline.
©UNICEF Cambodia/2017/Theavy Leng

Battambang, Cambodia, June 2017 – It is early morning and the start of a new school day for students at Panha Primary School in the north-western region of Cambodia.

Excited students walk in to their classrooms with a noticeable spring in their step and many exude an air of confidence.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

អាហារូបករណ៍ជួយសិស្សក្រីក្រឲ្យនៅបន្តរៀនបាន

ដោយ ហេង ហាក់

បន្ទាប់ពីទទួលបានអាហារូបករណ៍នៅឆ្នាំ២០១៥ ស្រីម៉ៅ(រូបស្តាំ)
បានចូលរៀនដោយមានសម្ភារសិ​ក្សា​គ្រប់​គ្រាន់​។
UNICEF/2017/Sokchanlina Lim

ខែមិថុនា ភ្នំពេញ ប្រទេសកម្ពុជា៖ អស់រយៈពេលជិត៤ឆ្នាំមកហើយដែលប្អូនស្រី ភន ស្រីម៉ៅ គ្មានឯកសណ្ឋានសមរម្យស្លៀកពាក់ និងសម្ភារសិក្សាគ្រប់គ្រាន់ប្រើប្រាស់ទ្បើយ។
ស្ថានភាពហរិញ្ញវត្ថុគ្រួសារនាងហ៊ុមព័ទ្ធដោយបំណុល ដោយឪពុកម្តាយនាងបានខ្ចីគេយកមកឲ្យនាងបានទៅរៀន។

Financial scholarship helps poor students stay in school

By Hak Heng 

After receiving a scholarship in 2015, 12 year-old Sreymao (right)
now attends school, equipped with all the study materials she needs. 
©UNICEF/2017/Sokchanlina Lim

June PHNOM PENH, Cambodia: For nearly four years, Phorn Sreymao did not have a proper school uniform or adequate school supplies.

Her family’s financial situation was compounded by the fact her parents were already in debt from covering school expenses.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Positive discipline makes a difference at school in Cambodia

By Miho Yoshikawa 

©UNICEF Cambodia/2016/Fani Llaurado
Nuy Visith Ranksey is pictured at her desk
at Wat Stung Primary School in Kampot province.

Kampot, Cambodia, December 2016 – Nine-year-old Nuy Visith Ranksey is the perfect example of a contented child growing up in an idyllic setting. Nuy lives in the tiny village of Chheuteal in Kampot province. The locality boasts a stunning vista of lush paddy fields, abundant coconut trees and rugged mountains.